These days Hard work gets a bad rap and smart work is praised. Smart work does not necessarily mean easy work. Work that adds value to you and others is hard. Here are 15 verses that you can find in the Old testament. I have another blog post where you can find all the verses from Proverbs.
When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
2 Chronicles 15:7
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
Commit your way(work) to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.
Ecclesiastes 15:18 – 20 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.
Thus says the Lord: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country.
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.
So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
All of these verses are taken from the ESV. If you have any other verses that talk about Hard work, share them with me. God be with you and help you be the best that you can be.